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Moving Tips

Planning Your Move Before you start the relocation process, sit down and do an inventory of your possessions. Choose which ones you will dispose of and which you will keep. Then estimate the number of boxes you will need as … Continue reading

Planning Your Move

Before you start the relocation process, sit down and do an inventory of your possessions. Choose which ones you will dispose of and which you will keep. Then estimate the number of boxes you will need as well as which sizes they should be in.

Once you’ve done this, decide what other supplies you need, such as packing tape, bubble wrap and other packing material, markers for labeling boxes and strong tape for sealing them. You can save money by sourcing some of your boxes from supermarkets; these are also sturdier since they are made with corrugated cardboard.

Packing Tips

To ensure that the boxes are not too heavy to move, no individual box should weigh more than fifty pounds. And you should avoid over-packing to reduce the risk of damage to the contents; make sure that the lid can be sealed flat.

Pack small items in smaller boxes and then put these into a bigger box. Make sure that each box is labeled so that you’ll know what they contain. If you have small, loose items, place them into a plastic bag that can be resealed before putting them into a box.

Instead of transporting important documents such as medical and financial records in the moving van along with the rest of your belongings, take them with you in the car. If this is not possible, have them shipped to your destination via secure courier so that they won’t get lost.

Pack a box with the essentials that you will need when you arrive at your destination. This should contain toiletries such as soap and dishtowels as well as a change of clothes for every member of the family.

In addition, you should include snacks and beverages as well as utensils and cups and dishes plus appliances such as a coffeemaker or small hot plate that will use to prepare food during your first night in your new home. If you have pets, you should also pack their pet food and dishes.

To make it easier to unpack your other boxes, you should have a cutting knife or scissors handy. You should also pack an emergency kit that includes a flashlight or candles and a small tool kit.

If you plan to use garbage bags to pack bedclothes and linens, make sure that you get the ones that are extra heavy-duty, or double them up to avoid the risk that they will tear during transit.